Elie Nadelman

Polish-American, 1882–1946

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Elie Nadelman

Polish-American, 1882–1946

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A highly individual artist, sculptor Elie Nadelman worked in a number of styles throughout the first half of the 20th century, exploring classical sculpture and folk art at a time when they had fallen out of favor. Born in Poland, he moved to Munich, where he encountered Jugendstil and the city’s important collection of Greek sculpture. In Paris, he associated with Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Guillaume Apollinaire, and Gertrude and Leo Stein, while he pioneered abstraction in drawing and in his stylized figural sculpture in bronze, wood, and marble. In the mid 1920s, after returning to New York, he shifted styles from his sleek and stylized representations of modern life to fleshy sculpture of circus performers and dancers.

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Biography

A highly individual artist, sculptor Elie Nadelman worked in a number of styles throughout the first half of the 20th century, exploring classical sculpture and folk art at a time when they had fallen out of favor. Born in Poland, he moved to Munich, where he encountered Jugendstil and the city’s important collection of Greek sculpture. In Paris, he associated with Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Guillaume Apollinaire, and Gertrude and Leo Stein, while he pioneered abstraction in drawing and in his stylized figural sculpture in bronze, wood, and marble. In the mid 1920s, after returning to New York, he shifted styles from his sleek and stylized representations of modern life to fleshy sculpture of circus performers and dancers.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
User
Solo show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 4 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 2 more
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